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"Wohinaus?" - Maueranschlag bezüglich der Rückberufung des Prinzen von Preußen

  • Einblattdruck
  • Verlag Georg Reimer; Berlin (Druck)
  • Berlin (Stadt)
  • 1848

“Where to now?”
A citizen’s appeal on 14 May 1848

This poster addresses the announcement that the Prussian crown prince William, brother of King Frederick William IV and himself the future first emperor of Germany, will return to Berlin. Viewed as responsible for the violent military action against the barricade fighters of 18 March, William was reviled by large parts of the population and had fled to England. The announcement of his return led to widespread protest.

The anonymous author can understand the uproar, but he is convinced that crown prince William will not return “until the people call him back”. The real danger, in his view, is “the party plotting an overthrow”. These “anarchists” are using the question of the prince’s return – which the author considers “entirely irrelevant at present” – to topple the cabinet of ministers. This is putting “the fatherland in danger”.

The current “March government” under Gottfried Ludolf Camphausen, the author argues, has the confidence of the people. He therefore calls on citizens to express their confidence in Minister Camphausen and the government’s promise that the crown prince will not return before the Prussian national assembly convenes.

Among the common folk, however, the cabinet remains extremely unpopular. Karl Marx described it as a “lightning rod for the revolution”.

Detailed information

Object type
Einblattdruck
Involved Persons/Corporate Bodies
Verlag Georg Reimer; Berlin (Druck)
Period Produced
1848
Exhibition Format
Reproduction
Material
Papier
Technique
Druck
Dimensions
43 x 34 cm
Places / Cultures
Berlin (Stadt)
Collection
SSB Documents, SSB Collection Revolution of 1848-49
Exhibition Location
O1.230.01.P1-O1.230.03.P1
Exhibition & Module
SSB01 BERLIN GLOBAL / SSB01 03 Revolution / SSB01 03 1848
Persons / Corporate bodies
Friedrich Wilhelm IV.; Preußen; König
Owner/Managing Institution
Stiftung Stadtmuseum Berlin
Inventory Number
IV 63/2801 S

Additional Information

Labeling

Wohinaus?|                          

Der Beschluß des Staatsministerii wegen Zurückberufung des Prinzen|
von Preußen hat eine an sich natürliche Aufregung unter uns hervor-|
gerufen. Diese Aufregung sucht aber eine auf den Umsturz sinnende Partei|
in unserer Mitte und vielleicht auch schon auswärts zu ihren verderblichen|
Zwecken auszubeuten. Es liegt daher Alles daran, daß wir dieser Partei|
nicht durch Unentschiedenheit in die Hände fallen. Die Frage wegen|
des Prinzen von Preußen ist nach den von den Ministern gege-|
benen Erklärungen jetzt vollständig Nebensache. Der Prinz wird|
nicht kommen, bis das Volk ihn zurückruft. Dies wissen auch die Anar-|
chisten recht gut. Ihre Absicht geht aber dahin, das Ministerium Camp-|
hausen zum Abtreten zu nöthigen. An dessen Stelle würde dann ein an-|
deres Ministerium gesetzt werden, welches kein Vertrauen im Lande hat|
und vor der National-Versammlung augenblicklich in Staub fallen würde.|
              Berliner! Laßt euch nicht zum Werkzeuge dieser Partei machen!|
Dieser Partei, welche an eure heiligsten Gefühle appellirt, nur um sie|
zu ihren Planen zu mißbrauchen! Tretet zusammen, erklärt dem Mini-|
sterium Camphausen:|

daß ihr von seinem Willen, den Prinzen nicht vor Zusammen-|
tritt der National-Versammlung hieher zurückkehren zu lassen,|
überzeugt seid und daß ihr es für ein Unglück für das Land|
halten würdet, wenn es, durch eine Partei gedrängt, jetzt seine|
Entlassung gäbe.|

              Mitbürger! Gebt ein solches Vertrauens-Votum! gebt es unver-|
züglich, denn es ist gewiß, daß Gefahr im Verzug, ja daß das Vater-|
land in Gefahr ist.|

Ein Bürger.|           

                        Druck von G. Reimer.

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